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Testifying In Court by JT Walters

Updated on October 3, 2011

For the Witness


Testifying In Court

Having just been through a court case and being a witness I feel like I am qualified to advise you on how to testify or at least miss not step into holes in your case.

First and foremost you have to trust your attorney.

So when you testify tell the truth no matter how badly you think it will hurt your case. Your attorney will be able to clear up any misconceptions on redirect.

The second bit of advice is to insist on answering the question in its entirety. You can do this unless you are instructed to just answer “yes” or “no”. And if you receive this instruction, the follow it.

Third not matter what is said about you and really horrific things were said about me during my hearing don’t get angry. Anger clouds your judgment in court. This is much easier said then done because if the nature of court cases make them emotional.

Fourth, remember that there are four views in a court room. There is the view of the plaintiff, the defendant, the judge and finally of the camera’s which are part of the permanent records. I would suggest that the permanent record is the most important record because justice must be maintained in order for there to be harmony.

That is it four bits of advice to follow if you have to be a plaintiff or a defendant in court. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you never actually ever have to use this advice.


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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Pamela,

      It is always an odd combination. Then their is always the fourth witness which is the camera in the room.


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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Voted up and interesting. I used to do some courtroom transcription for federal and state cases. I find courtroom cases so interesting. The personalities of the attorneys and the judge plus the interaction of the witnesses -- it's so grand. Great hub.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      You are so very welcome.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      HI Eiddwen,

      Thanks and I appreciate the vote up and useful. I need the rating so it is greatly appreciated.

      All My Best,


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and will benefit many who read and find themselves in this situation I am sure.

      I vote up/useful and will be back shortly to read more.

      Take care and have a wondeful day.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Apostle Jack,

      Yes, it is always good to be prepared for any event.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.


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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      It is good to know some things ahead of time.Things for sharing.